Sterns, Douglas Clark, Jr..

Biography

Sterns, Douglas Clark, Jr. (Stearns); b. October 21, 1919 (1918), NYC; Militia; Educated at Berkhamstead School, Herts, England; Single; Student; Received Passport# 111463 on June 2, 1934; Left school in England and arrived in Spain on January 22, 1937; Served with the Worker's Militia, under the Commander of English Section Hugh McNair on the Catalonian Front; Went back to the front for three additional months serving with POUM militia on the Huesca Front; Upon return of his unit to Barcelona he applied for and obtained an honorable discharge; Then joined Anarchist Battalion of Death for a final three month enlistment; Returned to the US on July 31, 1937 aboard the President Roosevelt; Domicile in US 95 Lexington Avenue, NYC; After his return he spoke at fund raisers for Spain; Dolgroff noted “Douglas was a ver unhappy frustrated young man. His mother was an alcoholic and he was beset by other anxieties. We were shocked when informed that he had committed suicide by jumping off the ship where he was employed as an able-bodied seaman.” (Fragments p. 19) [L-W Tree Ancestry indicates he was a seaman through WWII; Zimmer states Committed Suicide after his return].
Sources: Anarchist; USSDA (under Stearns)2:0950, 60:0491; Dolgoff, Fragments; L-W Tree Ancestry.